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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge (Official, January 2020)

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge (Official, January 2020)

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Post by shugs » December 30th, 2019, 9:32 am

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Goal
Watch as many movies as you can that fit into the Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy genre. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules
- A feature film (anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches are allowed.

Official Lists
IMDb's Sci-fi Top 50
IMDb's Fantasy Top 50
The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen

Unofficial Lists
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1psychotronicbeatnik211
2flavo5000201
3albajos100
4AB53791
5jdidaco90
6vortexsurfer66
7sol62
8sebby61
9Lonewolf200358
10Mate_cosido55
11hurluberlu46
11peeptoad46
13OldAle140
14blueboybob37
15VincentPrice36
16shugs35
17sheikofhyrule31
18mightysparks30
19cinephage29
20India Instanbul28
21maxwelldeux26
22ororama25
23RogerTheMovieManiac8824
24jeroeno23
25zzzorf22
26allisoncm21
26frbrown21
28ChrisReynolds20
28nimimerkillinen20
30klaus7818
31Daviddoes17
32Coryn13
3372aicm11
34Obgeoff8
35Knaldskalle7
35Mochard7
35Teproc7
38DareDaniel6
39blocho5
39morrison-dylan-fan5
41Cinepolis2
41connordenney2
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#2

Post by shugs » December 30th, 2019, 9:33 am

Description and lists shamelessly stolen from last this year's challenge, thanks max. :cheers: As always, if there are any lists you think should be mentioned, let me know and I'll update the OP.

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Post by Coryn » December 30th, 2019, 9:48 am

My main challenge for January, hope to get around 40 watches in. Will be watching the star wars movies I haven't seen yet and re-watch lord of the rings. Next to that also some I think are interesting from 1000<400 and to top it off a lot of movies with a lot of checks I haven't seen yet that fall in this category e.g. The Fifth Element and Twelve Monkeys
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Post by peeptoad » December 30th, 2019, 2:14 pm

:thumbsup: love this challenge


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Post by nimimerkillinen » December 30th, 2019, 7:56 pm

in! hopefully for 30
maybe the complete icm forums scifi list could be added? https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icm+ ... /joachimt/ dunno if this is the newest one

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Post by allisoncm » December 31st, 2019, 1:09 am

I'm in. I have a couple of films lined up.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 31st, 2019, 5:51 pm

I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Post by flavo5000 » December 31st, 2019, 7:25 pm

I'm definitely in. I always dig some scifi and fantasy business.

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 31st, 2019, 11:57 pm

Here's the best list of Sci-Fi/Fantasy films from the Balkans I can generate: https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... k,ro,rs,si

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Post by VincentPrice » January 1st, 2020, 8:53 am

1. Saturn 3-1980: 7/10

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Post by sol » January 1st, 2020, 12:40 pm

1. One Point O (2004)

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This film begins on a somewhat Kafkaeque note as our protagonist keeps finding mysterious empty packages in his locked and secured apartment. Things only become weirder as he begins to investigate his neighbours... and to reveal much more would give away key points. Suffice it to say that the film really gets inside its protagonist's fragile mind and the film is fantastically visualised with foreboding darkened corridors and unusual colours.
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Post by sebby » January 1st, 2020, 1:04 pm

01 Marjorie Prime 2017 4/10

I remember when I halfway trusted Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores.

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Post by Coryn » January 1st, 2020, 1:11 pm

1. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
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Post by nimimerkillinen » January 1st, 2020, 2:07 pm

1. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
2. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)

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Post by Mate_cosido » January 1st, 2020, 3:48 pm

I'm already halfway through in watching all Godzilla movies, so i'm in

1. Gojira - The Return of Godzilla (1984, Koji Hashimoto)

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 1st, 2020, 8:35 pm

My goal this month is to work on the BFI 100 Sci-Fi list (aiming for 25, would be happy with 15), so to start...

1. Silent Running (1972)
The underlying message to this is nice, being pro-environment and biodiversity. But I found the film to be boring and a mess, not quite syncing up with the message or doing anything particularly interesting. The opening shot of the plants was gorgeous, but it went downhill from there. Did think it was cool and somewhat prescient to show a robot performing surgery.

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Post by Lakigigar » January 1st, 2020, 8:56 pm

Feeling difficult about this. I have a lot of sci-fi / fantasy films to watch, and i might not be able to participate next year in challenges of january and june (exams), and possibly december and may. But i also want to watch a lot of movies before the 2020 top 1000 list, so have a hard time deciding where i should go for.

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Post by Mochard » January 1st, 2020, 9:14 pm

1. Kaitei daisensô (1966) - 4.5/10

While covering a test of guided torpedoes, two reporters believe they saw what appeared to be a strange-looking swimming creature. They investigate the matter further and discover that there is a race of fish-men living under the sea.

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1. Kaitei daisensô (1966) - 4.5/10

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Post by VincentPrice » January 1st, 2020, 10:02 pm

2. Watchmen-"It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice"-2019: 10/10
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1. Saturn 3-1980: 7/10

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Post by albajos » January 1st, 2020, 10:06 pm

01. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) USA | UK 1 official list 274 checks
Fantasy.
02. Good Omens m01 In The Beginning (2019) UK | USA 26 checks
03. Good Omens m02 The Book (2019) UK | USA 24 checks
Fantasy.

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Post by peeptoad » January 1st, 2020, 11:28 pm

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 8*

*rewatch

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Post by ChrisReynolds » January 2nd, 2020, 12:51 am

1. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (Abrams, 2019)
The wheels have completely come off this new Star Wars trilogy. Part retcon of the previous film, part exposition-stuffed quest narrative, and it's filled with plot-holes and events that make no sense all edited at an exhuasting pace. Two bright spots are Adam Driver who continues to give a nuanced performance that lifts the material, and Ian McDiarmid, who gets to chew the scenery and cackle.
3/10

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2. Aladdin (Ritchie, 2019)
Colourful but a typically uninspired Disney live-action remake. Casting of the actors was very good and there's a goodbut Guy Ritchie was a bizarre choice to direct this; he doesn't seem to have any idea how to shoot and edit dance numbers.
4/10

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Post by blueboybob » January 2nd, 2020, 1:04 am

1. The Lighthouse (2019)

Do the following count?
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)

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Post by Knaldskalle » January 2nd, 2020, 1:37 am

In. Will probably not make much of a splash.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » January 2nd, 2020, 1:43 am

blueboybob wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 1:04 am
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
I generally think of zombies and other undead monsters as clear sci-fi/fantasy concepts. Jojo Rabbit I wouldn't count unless the imaginary Hitler actually has a supernatural influence on the real world (I haven't seen it but I think he's entirely explained as a product of the little boy's imagination), otherwise a case could be made for A Beautiful Mind being a fantasy too.

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Post by Mochard » January 2nd, 2020, 2:04 am

2. Vynález zkázy (1958) - 7/10

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

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Post by AB537 » January 2nd, 2020, 2:54 am

1. Conan the Barbarian (John Milius, 1982) 6.5/10
2. THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971) 7/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 2nd, 2020, 3:40 am

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1. Silent Running (1972)
2. Transfomers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Last day of vacation, I wanted mindless action, and I got it (who better than Michael Bay?). Flashy things. Explosions. Cool CGI. Fun entertainment for 2.5 hours, nothing more. Exactly what I wanted.

3. Downsizing (2017)
This... was interesting. Scientists invent a process to make people small - ~5 inches (~12.5cm), and seek to transform society into a small one in order to solve global warming. Clearly an allegory of society, just didn't seem super well thought out. Really interesting points brought up, really weird and fairly fun story line. Good, not great.

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Post by VincentPrice » January 2nd, 2020, 4:51 am

3. Midnight Special-2016: 8/10
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1. Saturn 3-1980: 7/10
2. Watchmen-"It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice"-2019: 10/10

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Post by allisoncm » January 2nd, 2020, 6:23 am

1. Spies in Disguise (2019) 5/10 sci-fi (Will Smith turns into a pigeon)
2. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) 4/10 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)

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Post by jeroeno » January 2nd, 2020, 6:45 am

01. Schalcken the Painter (1979)

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Post by shugs » January 2nd, 2020, 7:12 am

blueboybob wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 1:04 am
1. The Lighthouse (2019)

Do the following count?
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)

I haven't seen either. I'd say Zombieland 2 counts (the first one has the Sci-Fi genre tag on IMDb). As for Jojo Rabbit I've seen a few articles calling it a fantasy, but I don't really know much about it, so you be the judge. :D

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Post by albajos » January 2nd, 2020, 7:17 am

Imaginary friends are not fantasy unless they are visible to others as well.

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Post by Coryn » January 2nd, 2020, 7:47 am

2-4 Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended versions (2001. 2002. 2003.) (Rewatch)
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Post by zzzorf » January 2nd, 2020, 8:08 am

1. The Hunger Games (2012) - 9/10 (rewatch)

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Post by sol » January 2nd, 2020, 11:54 am

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1. One Point O (2004)

2. It Chapter Two (2019)

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This horror sequel sits in the shadow of the first entry, but it is not all that bad. The over-the-top, CGI-heavy final battle runs too long and the characters are certainly more interesting to follow around as children rather than adults. The middle stretch here is actually solid though as it mostly dials down the CGI effects and instead focuses on atmosphere as the characters return to Derry with some remarkable reality/flashback/illusion blurs.
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Post by flavo5000 » January 2nd, 2020, 1:19 pm

albajos wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 7:17 am
Imaginary friends are not fantasy unless they are visible to others as well.
Eh, I've never found the need to adhere so rigidly in the realm of fantasy. By your definition, a movie that's about someone traveling through a portal into another world with magical creatures and wizards would not be fantasy if the person woke up in the bed at the end of the movie, realizing it was all a dream. So the movie would be what? a drama since the only element of the film that mattered is a kid sleeping then waking up?

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Post by peeptoad » January 2nd, 2020, 1:20 pm

2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) 6
3. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) 7
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1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 8*

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Post by flavo5000 » January 2nd, 2020, 1:29 pm

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1. Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem a.k.a. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)

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2. Himiko (1974)

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3. American Playhouse: Into the Woods (1991)

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4. Wonder Woman (1974)

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5a. Amazing Nuts! (2006)

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5b. The Door in the Wall (1956)
Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination...Show
1. Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem a.k.a. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
2. Himiko (1974)
3. American Playhouse: Into the Woods (1991)
4. Wonder Woman (1974)
5a. Amazing Nuts! (2006)
5b. The Door in the Wall (1956)

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